An upcoming theme park based on the legendary Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films will open to the world on November 1, the company and Japanese officials revealed on Thursday. .
Ghibli Park will be located on 494 acres of natural parkland in Nagakute in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, about 90 miles east of Kyoto and 150 miles west of Tokyo. With an estimated budget of 34 billion Japanese yen ($295 million), the project is a joint venture between Studio Ghibli, the Aichi prefectural government and the local government. Chunichi Shimbun newspapers. Ghibli has full creative control over the park’s design and Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Goro Miyazaki, is said to have been heavily involved in its planning.
At launch, at least one of the park’s five planned themed grounds – a large area based on the 1988 Ghibli classic Totoro my neighbor, there’s a life-size entertainment of the characters’ family homes and other natural environments of the Japanese countryside – available to visitors. Other sections, such as Princess Mononoke attractiveness, a Kiki’s Delivery Service area and entertainment of Howl’s Moving Castle – will open sometime next year. So far, planned additional amenities and attractions have gone out into the world, including antique shops modeled on stores in The deep voice of the heart boyLarge exhibition space and a theater.
Officials said on Thursday that they expect about one million visitors to the park during the soft launch phase, followed by 1.8 million a year after the facility is completed.
The studio operated the hugely popular Ghibli Museum in the Mitaka district, west of Tokyo, near where Miyazaki and his family reside. Tickets to the museum go on sale at the beginning of each month and usually sell out within hours.
Miyazaki, now 81 years old, is currently working on his 12th film, How do you live?, based on the 1937 children’s novel of the same name by Japanese author Yoshino Genzaburo. Miyazaki’s producer and longtime business partner Toshio Suzuki said in 2018 that the great animator is making the film for his grandson as his way of saying, “Grandpa is about to move on to the next world. next world but he will leave this film to you.”